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Old 09-05-2011, 07:37 AM   #1
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after looking at other generators, The champion model that has remote start, and voltage protection,with wheels and handles for $499.. seems to be a nice unit..i am not going to use it all the time.. example : I am heading toward my destination and decide to pull into a walmart parking lot for the night (can i do that ? ) and use it there , most of the time we would be staying at campgrounds with electricity anyway. How often do the rest of you use your generators if not dry camping ?? Our retirement home has a natural gas back up generator already...
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:21 AM   #2
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Not to be an ***** but I sure woud not want to beside you at Wally World running one of those. They are noisey construction generators not meant to be used on an RV imo. There are a number of quieter inverter gennies out there that are not over prived if you are not intending on using it alot. If you plan on high use get a Yamaha or Honda.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:50 AM   #3
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Not to be an ***** but I sure woud not want to beside you at Wally World running one of those. They are noisey construction generators not meant to be used on an RV imo. There are a number of quieter inverter gennies out there that are not over prived if you are not intending on using it alot. If you plan on high use get a Yamaha or Honda.
Thats the point.. I dont see it getting much use ..just a little... and i really wouldnt want to be parking any less that 150 ft away from another camper at wally world!!
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:58 AM   #4
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I look at it this way. Look at your investment in camping. Why chince on the generator? For a bit more, you can have a quiet generator that EVERYONE around you will appreciate. And then you have more flexibility to use it in other situations. The Champion will wake the dead. I cannot hear my Honda run after 100 feet. The Champion style will be heard (and loathed) by the whole campground.
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:09 PM   #5
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I look at it this way. Look at your investment in camping. Why chince on the generator? For a bit more, you can have a quiet generator that EVERYONE around you will appreciate. And then you have more flexibility to use it in other situations. The Champion will wake the dead. I cannot hear my Honda run after 100 feet. The Champion style will be heard (and loathed) by the whole campground.
I have heard the honda 3000 run..it is quiet... Having not heard the champion yet... im going to try and do so.. A $1500 + difference is worth the time to check both out first ...before buying
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honda 2000I delivered to your door for $899.00.. at Mayburys equipment on line. No wheels required only weighs 50 pounds. and will it last forever.
good luck getting parts for the champion if and when it fails.
I am currently shopping for a camper generator and am leaning towards the honda. if u don't need it anymore you could easily sell it for a lot more $ than the chinese knock-off.
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The Honda 2000I can be delivered to your door for $899.00 from Mayburys equipment on line . This unit is much more reliable and has major resale value.
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:16 PM   #8
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At Walmart I would not worry. The big tractor trailer with a ref box is louder. Get what works for you. You can always park away from others. It's a free parking place, should be no expectations on anyones part. There are covers that claim to lower the db.
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I have heard the honda 3000 run..it is quiet... Having not heard the champion yet... im going to try and do so.. A $1500 + difference is worth the time to check both out first ...before buying
Yes, a guy had a Honda 3000 at a campground we were at this year. I think it is even quieter than our 2000. I was truly amazed. Then he had it inside his truck bed (that had a topper). Nobody knew it was even running.
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The Honda 2000I can be delivered to your door for $899.00 from Mayburys equipment on line . This unit is much more reliable and has major resale value.
Is that 2000 going to run my a/c and some other stuff at the same time ???
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Is that 2000 going to run my a/c and some other stuff at the same time ???
Nope. But two of them will, if linked together.
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Or a single 3000.
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I have the champion 3500 watt, almost as quiet as the Honda, but a fraction of the cost. My neighbors at the track thanked me when I got rid of my noisy Briggs for this. In the 2 years ownership, no issues and I have seen many others at the track.
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You could also look at the Yamaha 2400IS. They will start a 13.5K BTU a/c (have done it for years). They can be had for around $1,100.

If you have a 15K BTU a/c the 2400 is iffy.

The Yamaha 2400 is about as quiet as a 2000...
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Old 09-06-2011, 04:03 AM   #15
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I have the champion 3500 watt, almost as quiet as the Honda, but a fraction of the cost. My neighbors at the track thanked me when I got rid of my noisy Briggs for this. In the 2 years ownership, no issues and I have seen many others at the track.
I am thinking the model that costs $499, that i have found, is fairly new... IT IS a rv model, with the 30 amp rv plug , remote start, wheels , and a handle..
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According to their product descriptions a Honda EU3000i has a decibel rating of 57-65 dBA.
The Champion 46515 3500W / 4000W Rv Ready Gas Generator has a decibel rating of 68dBA.
Normal conversation is supposed to rated at 60dBA so maybe the Champion won't be that bad.
It may be worth checking out when you consider the price difference.
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According to their product descriptions a Honda EU3000i has a decibel rating of 57-65 dBA.
The Champion 46515 3500W / 4000W Rv Ready Gas Generator has a decibel rating of 68dBA.
Huh ?? The info I came up with:

The Honda 3000: 58 dB at full load, 49 dB at 1/4 load.

The Champion 3500: 68 dB (???) at 1/4 load (???).

That is a huge difference. I can't find decibel stats on the Champion website......I wonder why ?? Honda and Yamaha both have their levels listed.

A fellow came up to me as I was starting my Yama over the weekend, and asked me all sorts of questions. Seems like is in the market for a generator, and was impressed with seeing me start mine (1 pull), and also the low noise level. He did not want want the noisy generators that many campers use.
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In the 2 years ownership, no issues and I have seen many others at the track.
if you're camping at a race track, then it's a perfect choice.
but, no way is a Champion nearly as quiet! i've heard both and would never take a Champion to a quiet campground.
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If most ( 90% of the time ) We are camping at rv parks, state parks, county parks... and there are 30 amp electric hook ups that are included.. I can only see using a generator, if we were traveling and decided to camp at wally world for the night ...or if a storm knocked power out, at the campground ,that we would happen to be at
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I have the champion 3500 watt, almost as quiet as the Honda, but a fraction of the cost. My neighbors at the track thanked me when I got rid of my noisy Briggs for this. In the 2 years ownership, no issues and I have seen many others at the track.
Is yours the same model that is a rv model, that has the 30 amp outlet( plug in directly ) (with remote for starting), battery start,voltage protector,wheels and handle for $499 ??
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